KINGWOOD — The ultimate massive challenge within the 2016 Kingwood Pool and Park plan is an amphitheater.
“When our park architect toured the property again in 2016, he instantly considered an amphitheater within the former volleyball pit space of the park,” mentioned Jessica Lipscomb, a volunteer engaged on the challenge. “The hillside is ideal for constructing in bleacher-like seating, and there may be straightforward handicap accessible entry from the street that runs from the civic middle car parking zone to the pool/baseball discipline car parking zone.”
Kingwood Mayor Jean Guillot mentioned the situation behind the civic middle is an ideal match for the amphitheater.
“We not too long ago put in a slide and splash pad on the pool.” he mentioned. “Having an amphitheater will probably be good. We used to go to the one after we lived in Washington. They’d have Shakespeare within the Park, native college students would placed on performs, there’s lots you are able to do with an amphitheater. It’s only one extra step to reinforce our park.”
Lipscomb agreed. She mentioned an amphitheater can present a whole lot of leisure choices for county residents.
”We’re so excited to see this challenge attain completion. The area will current a lot alternative for yoga within the park, concert events, basketball, birthday events, reunions, weddings, you title it,” she mentioned. “The amphitheater design additionally encompasses public restrooms and a kitchenette.”
Lipscomb mentioned now the work begins to seek out grant funding for the challenge. She mentioned she could be comfortable to share extra data with anybody who could also be fascinated with a legacy challenge. Offering funding for the amphitheater could be a strategy to go away an enduring reward to the Preston County neighborhood, she added.
An replace will probably be wanted earlier than finalizing immediately’s prices, however the 2016 numbers will give the general public an thought.
Lipscomb mentioned Omni & Associates’ unique estimate in 2016 had the multipurpose pavilion at $300,000; the pavilion amphitheater seating at $50,000; the shelter with restrooms at $150,000; and signage at $15,000.
“We’re making an attempt to get grants for each Brown’s Park and the amphitheater. The extra gadgets you add to the park means the extra workers you want and meaning extra jobs,” Guillot mentioned. “Even in the event you constructed an amphitheater with grant cash you continue to want somebody to do maintenance and to wash it.”